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war of words. this morning, president obama is still calling for compromise on cutting spending and raising the debt ceiling. house speaker john boehner says negotiations with the white house have been futile. and good morning, everyone, and welcome to "news 4 midday." i'm barbara harrison. it's tuesday, july 26th, 2011. right now the clock is quickly ticking for lawmakers on capitol hill toward a deadline that lies just one week away. here's a live look. but the question remains, can congress actually agree on a
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debt limit deal in time to avoid an historic default? prime-time speeches by president obama and house speaker john boehner didn't leave many people optimistic this morning, including investors on wall street, where stocks are starting the the day lower. nbc's kristen welker has more on the stalemate and what happens next. >> tonight i want to talk about the debate we've been having in washington -- >> reporter: for only the seventh time in his presidency, mr. obama delivered a prime-time speech painting a dire picture of what will happen if congress doesn't raise the nation's debt ceiling by next week. >> interest rates would skyrocket on credit cards, on mortgages, and on car loans, which amounts to a huge tax hike on the american people. >> reporter: despite weeks of partisan wrangling, the president still pushed for a balance approached. cut spending and raise tax revenue. >> the only reason this balanced approach isn't on its way to becoming law right now is because a significant number of republicans in congress are
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insisting on a different approach. a cuts-only approach. an approach that doesn't ask the wealthiest americans or biggest corporations to contribute anything at all. >> reporter: with time running out, the president called for compromise. >> i'm john boehner -- >> reporter: but just two minutes after the president spoke, house speaker john boehner gave his side. >> the sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago and he wants a blank check today. this is just not going to happen. >> reporter: boehner seemed to reject all talk of compromise, backing a house gop plan that's a two-step approach. first, slash spending by $1.2 trillion and raise the debt limit. then revisit the issue next year before the 2012 election. >> obviously, i expect that bill can and will pass the senate. and be sent to the president for a signature. and if the president signs it, the crisis atmosphere that he has created will simply disappear. >> reporter: earlier, the president did endorse a plan put forward by senate majority
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leader, harry reid, which would raise the debt limit to 2013 after the election. it calls for $2.7 trillion in spending cuts. but boehner said that's not the answer. >> the solution to this crisis is not complicated. if you're spending more money than you're taking in, you need to spend less of it. >> reporter: monday night, the president urged viewers to call congress to push for his approach before it's too late. >> if you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of congress know. >> this debate isn't about president obama and the house republicans. it isn't about congress and the white house. it's about what's standing between the american people and the future we seek for ourselves and our families. >> it's a dangerous game that we've never played before. and we can't afford to play it now. >> in washington, more spending and more debt is more business as usual. well, i've got news for washington, those days are over. >> that was kristen welker
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reporting. and that appeal for citizens to call their lawmakers seems to have worked. house staff received an e-mail this morning that says call volume has been much higher than normal this morning and that the house phones are near capacity at this time. new today, firefighters say a broken water heat caused a carbon monoxide scare in montgomery county. people who happen to be up at 1:00 this morning helped save themselves and their neighbors. authorities evacuated the apartments on first street and rockville after the gas leak. news 4's megan mcgrath is there right now, she's live with this story for us. megan, good morning. >> good morning, barbara. when people are exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide when they're sleeping, there's the real danger that they will never wake up. they won't recognize their symptoms, and they should potentially die in their sleep. fortunately, in this case, one of the apartments had a bunch of night owls. they were up at 1:30 in the morning when things reached the danger point and they were able to get help. a very close call, as some residents slept, poisonous
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carbon monoxide was seeping into their homes. the level in one unit was potentially deadly. fortunately, those residents with were awake. when they got dizzy and sick, they called 911. >> the people were exposed to very high levels of carbon monoxide. >> reporter: so this is deadly? >> it is. it's very lethal. >> reporter: rescue crews went door to door waking up the other residents and getting them out into fresh air. >> i just woke up to the fire department and everybody banging on the door and we came out and they said that it was a carbon monoxide leak. >> they were really serious. they were banging on the doors and i think they had to force their way into a couple. >> reporter: 11 people were taken to the hospital for treatment. everybody is going to be okay, but investigators say had those residents been asleep and unaware of their symptoms, things could have turned out quite differently. there were no carbon monoxide detectors to ring out an early warning. that 911 call was key. >> it's the silent killer. odorless, colorless, tasteless.
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there's nothing that you can do, nothing that you'll experience until you've actually been exposed to the point where you're exhibiting signs and symptoms. >> reporter: so what caused the problem? well, investigators say that a hot water heater malfunctioned and that a nearby hvac system was actually sucking in the carbon monoxide and pumping it into the building. but, again, barbara, very, very lucky that those folks were awake, recognized that something was wrong, they were feeling those symptoms, they called 911 or this could have been a much different story. >> certainly lucky that they were. thanks so much, megan, for that report. turning to the weather now, the first of at least two days with lower humidity, you can feel it out there this morning. tom kierein joins us with the first forecast. i bet you're glad to be telling us some good news for a change? >> what a wonderful change has moved in overnight. and throughout the morning, we have had our humidity continuing to drop. here's a live picture from the sky watcher camera, looking towards northeast washington.
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and boy, the visibility has really increased, just in the last couple of hours. here's a look into prince george's county, off in the distance. and now we're panning over towards arlington. gorgeous blue sky over virginia right now. camera now looking into falls church and fairfax county. and now we're just seeing tyson's corner there. southern loudoun county. now the camera looking into montgomery county. a beautiful summer day underway. and the visibility has really increased now from this morning's rather low visibility. we actually had some fog around. and temperatures are heating up as well. right now we're into the mid- and upper 80s throughout much of the region. reagan national now is at 87. and these are the dew points. that's an indication of the humidity in the air. where you see it in the 50s and 60s, that's the dry air, but still rather humid, near 70 dew points from fredericksburg on the eastern shore, but even there, lower humanity will begin to move in this afternoon. all of this thanks to a large area of high pressure moving down from canada with the dry air associated with it that's
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moved in. and it will be with us here throughout the rest of the day. a sunny, low humidity afternoon. highs reaching the low 90s by early to midafternoon with a fresh northeasterly breeze that ought to shift a bit into the southwest late afternoon. we'll take a look at the rest of the week and weekend coming right up. barbara? >> all right. thank you, tom. a warning for shoppers about a bizarre string of attacks. fairfax county police say a serial stabber is targeting women with's backsides. all of the attacks happened at retail stores. the latest was yesterday at fair oaks mall. a woman heard someone drop clothes or a package or something behind her in the forever 21 store. then police say someone used a razor or box cutter to cut that woman. there have been four similar incidents since february in the fair oaks area. a fifth happened in mclean. each victim has been in her late teens or early 20s. maryland state police are testing dna evidence that may tie the east coast rapist to an
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unsolved case. aaron thomas faces charges in 18 counties from virginia to connecticut. authorities arrested him back in march after testing dna from a cigarette he discards outside a courthouse. thomas could face new charges if the latest lab tests confirm this match. in the day ahead, virginia governor bob mcdonnell will sign a bill changing the law for all police vehicles in the commonwealth. ashley's law requires officers to use lights and sirens when they enter an intersection against the traffic light. it's named in memory of an alexandria women who died when a police cruiser crashed into her car in 2008. this dash cam video shows the crash. governor mcdonnell will sign this bill this afternoon at the sherwood with regional library in alexandria. virginia's general assembly could consider a version of caylee's law by next year. if approved, it would make it a
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felony for a parent or guardian not to report a child missing within the first 24 hours of their disappearance. the virginia state crime commission is drafting a bill for consideration in december. caylee's law comes after the death of florida toddler caylee anthony. her family reported her missing 31 days after her disappearance. two truck drivers face assault charges for a road rage incident in the beltway, or on the beltway. maryland state police say edwards manors jr. and michael ramsey got into a crash on route 355 in montgomery county. investigators say manors hit ramsey in the head with a wooden club during the fight. when troopers showed up, they took manors to jail and rescuers took ramsey to the hospital. he'll be charged when he gets out. our time right now, ten minutes after 11:00. coming up, how amy winehouse's father said good-bye to his daughter today at a private funeral for the singer. plus, more post office cuts. the postmaster general announced
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today some closings that are going to come along and that may affect you.
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as people mourn the loss of the 76 people killed in norway's twin attacks, authorities are searching for more victims. norway's justice minister says employees from his office at a government building ins a lowe are missing four days now after a bombing there. anders breivik confessed to last week's explosion and a shooting spree that followed at a nearby youth camp.
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investigators are reviewing a 1,500-page manifesto breivik wrote. expert say the writings could help analyze the mind-set of people who want to pull off similar attacks. >> -- have a similar type of attack here. that's my greatest fear. that we would have a timothy mcveigh-type, carry out a mass shooting event. >> despite the confession, breivik pleaded not guilty to the terrorism charges against him, claiming he acted to save europe from muslim colonization. new today, a well-known international security contractor is moving to our area. "z" services, formally known as blackwater, announced earlier this morning that it's moving its headquarters from north carolina to arlington. "z" services says it will move 20 executives to develop better relationships in the d.c. area. the contractor drew harsh criticism turned blackwater name after a 2007 shooting in baghdad that killed 17 people. on the same day as their
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move, a lawsuit against "z" services is also headed to trial in alexandria. jury selection will begin today in a lawsuit brought by two former blackwater employees. they accuse the contractor of cheating the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in iraq and afghanistan. a judge has already dismissed several claims in the lawsuit, including one that accuses blackwater of billing the government for prostitutes. loved ones have said their good-byes to amy winehouse today at a funeral. family and close friends attended the private ceremony in london. the singer's father gave the eulogy and ended it with the words "good night, my angel. sleep tight. mummy and daddy love you ever so much." the autopsy investigators hoped would determine how she died came back inconclusive. now authorities are waiting on results from a toxicology test, which could take up to a month to complete. winehouse struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.
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a member of her security team found the 27-year-old dead on saturday. this morning, officials at baltimore gas and electric are looking into what went wrong after some of its customers were left in the heat during the hottest day in 75 years. "the balitmore sun" reports the company cycled off air-conditioners for hours on friday as part of an energy savings program called peak rewards. under the program, bge controls the thermostats, which eases energy use during high demand. some customers complained about power outages, not remembering that they actually had signed up for this voluntary program. and the heat wave is taking a toll on more than people. it's even too hot for cows to produce milk, apparently. virginia dairy farmers are reporting an 8% drop in milk production since summer started. in the midwest and southeast, farmers are reporting a 10 to 20% drop. you know what that means? higher prices for dairy products. farmers say they're doing their best to keep their cows cool,
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but are hoping for a break in the hot temperatures. well, that's something you probably may have thought of, but i wouldn't have thought of that, that the cows don't produce milk when it's that of. >> well, now it's cooling down, so we'll have plenty of ice cream. we need it. >> we sure do. >> as we've had a dramatic drop in humidity over the last, even just five or six hours, we've had our sky beautifully blue and there's the live picture from our city camera, overlooking the potomac river here on this tuesday morning. crystal clear sky. you can see capitol hill plainly in the distance, whereas yesterday, it was lost in summer haze. right now reagan national's up to 87, so it's getting hot, but the dew point is continuing to drop. it's down to 54. the humidity only 32%. we've got a nice northerly breeze around 10 miles per hour. you can see those ripples on the potomac. and we will have these temperatures hold steady in the upper 80s and low 90s here over
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the next couple of hours. it's a bit cooler, as usual, out in western maryland. much of west virginia, it's just in the low 80s this, as well as parts of the central shenandoah valley. but east of there from the blue ridge all the way to the atlantic beaches, most locations are into the 80s. and we have the low humidity in place here. but there is still some humidity lingering, where you see the dew points in the 70s right near the bay. and on the eastern shore and through central virginia, it's still very humid there. but this drier air with the dew points in the 50s and 60s, that's continuing to drift down toward the bay and the lower eastern shore, and through central virginia. so it's going to be turning less humid there as well over the next several hours. and elsewhere, temperatures are warming back up, after it was down into the low 60s this morning in much of pennsylvania. they're now near 80 degrees. and over the last 12 hours, we've had this high pressure pushing in. we can thank the high pressure for bringing us a wonderful break from our usual high humidity this time of year. it has pushed in, and all those storms we had yesterday, they
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are now well gone, out of the region. and as we go forward over the next 24 to 48 hours, we will have the atmosphere dry here, as we get into the afternoon. there's the timer. we might get just a few clouds coming through. then overnight tonight, we'll be clear. then by dawn tomorrow, a beautiful start to the day with a cool morning tomorrow morning. so for this afternoon, we'll have plenty of sunshine. afternoon temperatures climbing to the low 90s. we'll have a northwest to southwesterly breeze around 5 to 115. definitely need sunblock. then overnight tonight, clear, comfortable humidity. in the mid-80s early evening, then the upper 70s through midnight, wind shifting into the southwest through evening hours. and back into the northwest on wednesday. morning lows, mid-60s in many locations, near 70 in washington and by the bay. and then afternoon highs tomorrow reaching around 90 degrees. and plenty of sunshine again tomorrow with the low humidity.
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but then it will get more humid on thursday, as the winds shift into the south. we'll have the temperatures climbing as well. we ought to hit the mid-90s thursday afternoon, a few clouds coming in. then on friday, even hotter. ought to make it up into the upper 90s to near 100 friday afternoon. and it's going to be a steamy day as with well with high humidity moving back in. and actually, the heat index may exceed 110 for a while on friday afternoon. but not going to last long, because laooks like we'll be cooling down for the weekend. here's the extended outlook for saturday. we might get a few afternoon storms. otherwise, lower humidity will begin to return, although probably not as dry as today and tomorrow, but it will be a bit less humid, it does look like for sunday and monday. partly cloudy most days with highs near 90. so that's the way it looks. >> 90's okay if we don't have that high humidity. >> it's wonderful out, enjoy. >> thanks, tom. still ahead on "news 4
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midday," it will be nothing like we've seen before. what to expect during the crazy next few days ahead for the nfl. ♪ but i just want to feel good, every day ♪ ♪ i want to wear a smile upon my face ♪ >> a south african star brings her talents to the stage right here in washington. we'll have her coming up for you. here's a look at what's hot on nbcwashington.c [ male announcer ] are you watching cable?
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one of south franc's biggest stars is in our area for several performances. her name is lira and she joins us this morning to talk more about her music and what she's doing in our area. welcome. so glad you could come by. >> thank you. good to be here. >> you're going to be at the ken kendy center. last night you appeared in annapolis. tell us a little bit about your music. how would you describe it for people who have never heard you sing before? >> it's afro soul. it's really inspired by american soul music, because there was so much of it growing up. how we construct our sentences is really formed by african languages. >> so afro soul you'd call it. let's take a listen to one of
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your performances. ♪ i just want to feel good every day ♪ ♪ i want to wear a smile upon my face ♪ ♪ i want to feel the joys of the day ♪ ♪ i want to feel alive in every moment ♪ >> great sound. terrific. you're about to release where are first album in the united states. is that right? >> that's right. >> tell us about that. >> it's so exciting, you know, i've done incredibly well in south africa. i've released four albums, i've won nine south african music awards, and i currently have the highest selling dvd and all of my albums have gone platinum. so i'm just experiencing this wonderful expre wonderful success and really just spreading my wings. i know i've got a lot of fans in the united states with my friends on facebook and done a few things here. at the moment, i just released an ep, and in february i come
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through and launch the full album. >> what will be different with this new album from your past work that you released in south africa? >> it's really -- it's like really like a best of. because people have grown accustomed to the music and they love it. and it's just to find a way of packaging all the songs for the united states in particular. and in the future, of course, i think, inevitably, there'll be a different influence. i just came from a european tour and i'm touring here for the first time. so i think the sound will inevitably evolve and be influenced by that experience. >> who has influenced you among the musicians and singers in this country? >> anita baker. and nina simone. she was a huge influence growing up. stevie wonder was a huge influence. and lulu vandross. >> you've been very successful in south africa, performing at the world cup kickoff, and ta
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taking part in the birthday celebration for nelson mandela. what else do you plan for the future? any big events? a >> absolutely. i think the biggest thing right now is just getting through the european and american tour. this is a big deal for me. it's really just spreading my wings and taking my music to the world. and when i get done with the american tour, i go back home for another tour in south africa. so a very busy year ahead. i'm shooting my second dvd. and it's really in the next five years just to see how far i can take my music in the world. >> we wish you luck in doing that and wish you luck in filling the kennedy center on thursday. is it an evening performance? >> it is, indeed. and again, it's such feel-good music, such beautiful, authentic music. i think if you can, please come through. it's a wonderful experience. >> lira, thank you so much. that's lira from south africa. thanks very much for coming. it's now 11:27. coming up, the postal service is
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considering closing more than one in ten of its retail outlets. what that means for post offices in your area. plus, tom kierein lets us know when the extreme heat and humidity will return. and she said, i don't care that the shark bit me. i forgive him. >> and lucy's parents answer ann's questions. just days after their daughter was bitten by a shark while ride a boogie board.
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right now on "news 4 midday," authorities say a broken water heater is to blame for a carbon monoxide scare at a rockville apartment. investigators say people in one unit happened to be awake and called 911 when they started feeling dizzy and nauseous. rescuers took 11 people to the hospital. all are expected to be okay. and the phones are ringing off the hook on capitol hill right now. an e-mail to house aides says calls to the house office is near capacity after a public plea from the president last night for citizens to call their representatives over the debt deal. a proposal by house speaker john boehner could come up for debate on the floor later today. and right now, we're learning a number of post offices in our area could soon
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close. the u.s. postal service just released its list of locations that it's considering shutting down or consolidating with larger offices. from our viewing area, that list includes 19 sites in d.c., 10 in maryland, and 4 in virginia. more than 3,000 locations considered to close made less than $28,000 a year or averaged two hours of workload a day. the u.s. postal service lost $8 billion in revenue last year due to the recession, e-mail, and those online bill paying services. some locations could also be relocated to office buildings or even community centers instead of shutting down completely. we posted the entire list on so you can see it there. just search "post office." football fans are rejoicing as the nfl goes back to work today. the owners and players ended the lockout with a new ten-year contract. redskins' park is open for business for the first time in almost five years players can
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report to their facilities. news 4's elaine reyes has the story. >> reporter: the facility opened for players at 10:00 this morning. they're able to work out, get physicals, and do some of their classroom work. now, training camp opens for ten nfl teams on wednesday. redskins open their camp on thursday. the new ten-year collective bargaining agreement will split $9 billion in revenue. the owners get 53%. the race is on to sign rookies, free agents, and begin the trade process. with the first pre-season game scheduled in about two beweeks, teams are scrambling. some players say they're just glad to get back to work. >> it seems like everyone had to give some things, but everyone ultimately got what they wanted. i think it's fair on both sides, and the number one thing is we're not going to be missing any games. the most important. >> i was excited. just ready to get back around
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this time. ready to go out there and compete, and just a blessing we're going to be able to play this game again and got everything figured out in time for the season to start. >> reporter: part of the deal also includes guaranteed salary for rookies, stimulating contract lengths, and a legacy fund for retired players. reporting from redskins park, elaine reyes, news 4. >> the players were able to arrive at 10:00 this morning and they were able to work out, get a physical, and start classroom work. ten nfl teams start training camp tomorrow and the redskins opens its camp on thursday. the new ten-year collective bargaining agreement will split $9 billion in revenue. the owners get 53% and the players get 47%. today the race is on to sign rookies, free agents, and begin the trade process with the first pre-season game scheduled in about two weeks. teams are scrambling. we caught up with some redskins players at a charity event at target yesterday shortly after the deal was announced. they say they're just glad to
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get back to work. >> part of the deal also includes some things that we'll tell you about coming up shortly. the end of the nfl lockout is exciting news to both players and fans, but redskins' quarterback john beck was so excited he decided to get a jump on everyone and try to get into redskins park early, but "the washington post" reports that when beck got there, he was turned away. and to make matters worse, the guard didn't even recognize him. beck will likely compete with rex grossman for the skins' starting job. the nats' number one prospect visited our area last night and broke out of his hitting slump to give fans a glimpse of his future, perhaps. bryce harper is his name. harper finally showed the offense he's known for. in the top of the fifth, harper hit a double to left field, his first of two doubles on the night. he drove in a run to help the
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senators to a 13-2 win over the bowie bay sox. and let's check in with tom kierein now for the latest on our forecast. >> great baseball weather. and the humidity is continuing to drop throughout the region. a gorgeous blue sky over washington. there's a live picture from the sky watcher camera, peering into downtown washington. we can see the jefferson memorial there in the foreground is northwest washington, and just beyond the jefferson memorial, you can see haynes point and southwest washington. and to the left is southeast washington. off on the horizon, prince george's county, anacostia, and we see the national cathedral there in the foreground, along wisconsin avenue. and now we're looking into northeast washington, a gorgeous day, all around the region. temperatures are into the 80s now, with the low humidity in place, 87 at reagan national. the humidity, though, is still rather high around the lower part of the bay. and we're going to continue to have beautiful weather here as we get into the next couple of days. we'll have our temperatures this
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afternoon climbing to the low 90s with lots of sun and low humidity. more of the same tomorrow too, cool in the morning, 60s throughout most of the region. afternoon highs near 90. hotter and more humid on thursday and friday. and then over the weekend, turning a bit less humid by sunday into monday, and between friday afternoon and sunday, could get some storms during the day on saturday. that's the way it looks right now. barbara? >> all right. tom, thank you. right now anne arundell county police are asking for the public's help. police say this man robbed a family dollar store in glen bernie, that's in maryland. happened on july 14th. anne arundell police say the suspect covered his right hand with a pair of red gym shorts and then forced an employee to give him money from the cash register. anyone with information about this man is asked to call the anne arundell county police at 410-222-3432. this sunday leslie johnson's resignation from the prince george's county council will take effect. the council will hold a special
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election within 90 days. a group called people for change will hold a community meeting on thursday to get voters ready. there are already four potential candidates. johnson resigned after pleading guilty to evidence tampering and a federal corruption investigation. this afternoon, the public has a chance to weigh in on creating a teen curfew in montgomery county. if approved, those under 18 would have to be off the streets from 11:00 at night until 5:00 in the morning, sundays through thursdays, that would apply. the curfew would start at midnight on weekdays. it's an attempt to curb gang activity and violent crimes involving youth. a public hearing starts at 1:30 this afternoon at the county office building in rockville. and this morning, the search is on for the person who shot a dog in the district. it happened last thursday on buena vista terrace in southeast d.c. anita betts says her dog named bunny was shot in the legs and in the underside of its body.
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>> everybody in the neighborhood knows her, because she's not a mean dog. she's a very playful dog. so them doing that to her was just mean, cruel. >> the 1-year-old pit bull/lab mix is healing now, but one of her legs may need to be amputated. the humane society is offering a $1,000 reward to find the person who shot her. this morning, a 6-year-old is recovering from a shark bite. her parents say she was riding a boogie board off the coast of north carolina when the shark attacked. jordan and craig mangum talked about what happened to their daughter, lucy, earlier on the "today" show. >> i heard lucy screaming, so i immediately turned towards her. i was standing in water, so i ran to her. i didn't need to swim. and i saw the shark, which was alongside her, facing out toward the ocean and i saw the fin, the
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tail of the shark, and it was the middle body of the shark. and as i ran over to her, i immediately discovered that her leg had been bitten. >> her parents say lucy told them she doesn't care that the shark bit her, she forgives him, she said. the shark severed several muscle, an artery, and the achilles tendon in her leg. she is expected to walk and run again. well, have you ever worn flip-flops to work? that may depend on which generation you were born in. nbc jane wells reports on how casual the country has gotten. >> reporter: the american workplace has become a fashion crime scene. anything goes. >> it's almost as if business casual, we've forgotten the "business" portion and gone straight to casual. >> reporter: businesses like casual attire to a point. 71% said flip-flops are the
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biggest fashion flop of all? it's funny that people are making the choice to wear them even though it's not appropriate. >> reporter: john carnahan works at the rubicon project in los angeles. what would it take for you to wear a tie? >> a wedding, a funeral. >> reporter: he always wears flip-flops. >> you're judged by the quality of your work, right? you're judged by the output of how much you're building. >> i would never wear flip-flops to work. never! >> reporter: account manager laura thomas prefers skirts and wedges. as a kid, her mom refused to let her wear sweats to school. >> there was a young woman who came in and interviewed in shorts and cowboy boots and i was so shocked. >> reporter: i think underwear might be -- >> coming to work in your underwear you would not approve of? >> probably not? >> reporter: good to know. etiquette expert julia hirsch says first impressions are made
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in the first four to six seconds. >> yoga pants are a no-no. big earrings, we don't need to hear you before you get there. >> reporter: in the end, a lot depend on what your job is. construction workers don't need ties. in the tv news business, all you ever see is what's above the waist. what i wear from the waist down is irrelevant. jane wells, nbc news, los angeles. >> true. 11:42. still ahead on news 4 midday, new competition for netflix. walmart. what the superstore is now offering to movie fans. and skin problems. why the recent heat wave may be to blame. what makes the sleep number store different? you walk into a conventional mattress store, it's really not about you. they say, "well, if you want a firm bed you can lay on one of those, if you want a soft bed you can lay on one of those." we provide the exact individualization that your body needs. this is your body there. you can see a little more pressure in the shoulders and in the hips. then they start telling us, "well yeah, i feel sore right there in the morning." my lower back. that's right where i've been experiencing pain.
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now you can feel what happens as we raise your sleep number setting and allow the bed to contour to your individual shape. oh yeah. it's really shaping to my body. when you find somebody's perfect level of comfort, that may be the first time they've ever felt a bed that feels exactly like they're hoping it would. you can adjust it however you want so you don't have to worry about buying the wrong mattress. once they get our bed, they're like, "why didn't i do this sooner?" and now the revolutionary sleep number bed is redefining sleep again. find your sleep number and join over 7 million people who love their bed. only at the sleep number store, where queen mattresses start at just $699.
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now playing at wall withmart, movies! the world's biggest retailers is adding streaming movies to its website. many of the movies will be available for streaming the day they come out on dvd. costs to rent a movie range from $1 to $5.99. walmart's move is seen as an effort to gain some customers from netflix, which recently raised its prices. well, fewer people bought homes in june. we're going to check in with cnbc's seema mody. she joins us live with more on that and she's got the day's business news as well. >> hi, barbara. thanks so much for that. it seems like the markets are quite flat. with one week until the debt default deadline, republican and democratic lawmakers have offered competing proposals and a resolution still appears a long way off.
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president obama and house speaker john boehner made prime-time pleas last night, blaming each other for the delays. because of that, we're seeing a lot of hesitation within the markets. we also have some for a second straight month, home prices in major u.s. cities are higher. but new home sales unexpectedly fell in june. major earnings reports are also expected today from bp, ford, hershey, lockheed martin, u.p.s. that's just a couple of them that are name thaing their resu today. after the bell, we should expect reports from, electronic arts. that should impact how we move towards the rest of the markets as well. disney is showing some bollywood fever. the walt disney company has made a $454 million offer to buy out.
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ut software makes movies and produces video games in india's fastest growing markets. so good going for disney. overall, it's a flat day for our markets here in the u.s. that's all i have for you, barbara. >> that's a lot. thanks a lot. we'll see you later. >> thanks. the latest round of extreme heat and humidity may have left your skin red and you dealing with itchy bumps. the hot weather can also cause some other problems as well. and dr. cheryl burgess is here to talk about how to treat the heat-related problems. let's start with the biggest one for many people, which is heat rash. what causes it and how can you deal with it? is it specific to just certain people? >> heat rash is -- it's a phenomenon that we see when the body is actually trying to sweat faster than the body will allow it. and the heat will -- the sweat will accumulate under the skin and when we're hot, we want to
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release the moisture. so it will accumulate under the skin and has nowhere to go. so it causes a little bit of itchiness. there are bumps usually in the area of the extremities. some people can see it on the chest, on the upper back, on the face and neck. and those areas really tend to resolve as you cool the body down. so the best thing to do is to get in a cool environment, which, unfortunately, this past week -- >> was hard too. >> -- was hard to do. but that usually helps with it. but there are some other things that happen to the skin as well. >> before we get past heat rash, though, there are powders and things like that that are sold over the counter. do you recommend those? >> no, no, no. they don't really do anything. people are somewhat wasting their money when it comes to powders. powders keep you drier, but what's happening is the sweat is getting trapped under the skin. >> so they're really not good for you? >> it's not really doing anything. if anything, it's going to block it anymore. we want the sweat to come out.
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so all that does is really kind of soften and drys the skin once it has -- once you have, you know, gone through the sweating process. but it's not going to eliminate that process from happening. >> okay. now we can talk about some of the other problems. >> this is where we would use maybe a powder. in some of the areas where we sweat, say the folds under the arms, babies, around the neck, in the groin region, and between the toes, if people have fungus on their feet, they can find that the fungus infection gets worse. those are areas that need to stay a little bit dry, and the sweat doesn't accumulate under the skin. it actually comes out and just kind of lays on top of the skin. that's where the talcum powders and those types of things will help to absorb the moisture off of the skin. >> and what about using moisturizers during the really hot weather? is it better not to clog your pores? >> this is actually a great time of year for dry-skinned people.
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because they're moisturized to the jut most. and your hair, if you have dry hair, everything gets moisturized. so there's some good aspects to this high humidity. but as far as the unwanted affects, like the prickly heat and we call it intertrygo, which is where bacteria and yeast that's normally on the skin can just get out of control. the body acts like an incubator and it starts to grow. so women especially, under the breast area and under the bra area, where the bra line is, have a lot of issues and problems during this time of year. >> well, you know, you always tell us that we're supposed to fill our hands up with that sunscreen and then put it -- lather all up. that could be bad for the pores of your skin. >> well, during this time of the season, when it's very, very humid, yes, it can block the pores. it can block a little bit of the sweating. so we have to use nit moderation, but the main thing is stay in cool environments, alleviate as much outdoor
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activity as you can when the temperatures exceed, you know, over 100 degrees. and i know in the last week, that's what was happening. a lot of people were sweating profusely and couldn't control it. there are substances we can use on the skin that you can get from the drugstore, particularly people who don't want to sweat. and in this type of environment, it's natural to, but normally, hyperhydrosis you should the arm, where it gets 90 degrees and people are profusely sweating, there are products like certain dry that are over the counter that you can use at bedtime the night before that recommends the amount of sweating. > >> do you recommend antisp antiperspirants. do you have an opinion on those? >> it changes from week to week as far as its association with cancer. right now it's still an open question as to whether these
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agents do or not. but for now, we do advocate it. the fda has not banned them. the cdc has not banned them, so we have to go with that information. >> we'll keep those antiperspirants going, rolling, rolling along. thanks so much, dr. burgess. >> you're welcome. i'll see you in two weeks. >> okay, we'll see you then. i'm sure you'll have some interesting things to share with us. our time now, 11:52. what you can be losing if you don't get enough sleep. plus, meteorologist tom kierein will be back.
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people in d.c. like to drink, from happy hour to cocktail parties, but some take it a step too far. a report from the substance abuse and mental health services administration ranked d.c. the third booziest place in the entire country behind north and south dakota. almost a third of all washingtonians have reported binge drinking in just the past month. that's drinking at least five alcoholic beverages in one sitting. constant interruptions in your sleep may do more than just make you groggy in the morning, it may also be bad for your memory. researchers from stanford university monitored lab mice that woke up several times at night.
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those interruptions created short-term and long-term memory loss. researchers say these results prove just how important sleep can be, especially for certain professions, such as truck driving and doctors who often have to work 24-hour shifts. we're going to take a look now at some of the stories we'll be following for you for news 4 this afternoon. shoppers think they're buying apple products from an apple store, but they're duped. we'll tell you about this on news 4. the fake apple stores popping up all around. then tonight at 5:00, it's part two of our exclusive look inside the new walter reed national medical center. see the cutting edge technology that's been used to treat our wounded soldiers. and it's time now for a final check on the forecast. tom, you have been our hero today with your low humidity. and it was so nice last night, we could open the windows. >> it was wonderful, and today we've got the low humidity that's still with us. look at the visibility, just a gorgeous blue sky, northwest washington in the foreground. off in the distance is arlington. under this gorgeous blue sky, temperatures have warmed into the 80s. right now, 89 at reagan
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national. it will climb perhaps another three or four degrees for highs by midafternoon. overnight tonight, an even more beautiful evening. open the windows, in the 80s through the evening. after midnight, back down into the 70s. afternoon highs on wednesday near 90. still not very humid. but getting more humid on thursday and heating up into the mid-90s and may even get near 100 degrees friday afternoon. hazy and humid. but then over the weekend, some relief again. maybe some storms on saturday, but a bit less humid on sunday and monday. that's the way it looks. see you tomorrow morning, barbara. >> all right, tom, thank you very much. randall, do you vow your love and devotion to sarah? >> i do. >> in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, in whatever life may bring? >> i do. >> i now pronounce you married. >> yay! >> there was no fancy white dress, no music, and no flowers, but sarah brown just experienced the happiest day of her life
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over the phone. she and her fiance, specialist randall blake, a combat medic in the army, wanted the traditional wedding, but just couldn't wait. so with blake in the middle of a year-long tour in afghanistan and brown at the courthouse in northern california, they took their vows in front of family and friends by long distance. so congratulations to both of them. and that's "news 4 midday" for today. we thank you for being with us and invite you to tune in for news at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, and tonight at 11:00. i'll be back tomorrow morning. be sure to join us then. until then, have a terrific day and we'll see you in the morning.
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